By Cheri Fox
Beverly Hills, CA(Hollywood Today)1/15/13/–GBK Gift Lounge Took place at L-Ermitage Beverly Hills on January 11-12. VIP Celebrity guests and media enjoyed gifts refreshments and a gorgeous tented event with spa services from Burke Williams Day Spa. Celebrity Attendees Included: Thandie Newton (Good Deeds / Mission Impossible), Archie Panjabi (Nominated Best Supporting Actress The Good Wife), Sara Rue (Malibu Country), Jeff Daniels (Nominated Best Actor The Newsroom), Alison Pill (The Newsroom), Anthony Anderson (Guys with Kids), Madeline Zima (Vampire Diaries), Ol Parker (Nominated Writer The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), Joshua Malina (Scandal), Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory), Bellamy Young (Scandal), Jesse Williams (Greys Anatomy) and many more. This years lounge benefited charity of City of Hope working to transform health with practical benefit and hope into reality, as well as Lambda Legal their ongoing efforts for equal and fair treatment of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work, celebrating their 40th anniversary gifting birthday cupcake candles compliments SweetShoppeCandles.com.One of the many celebrity-favorite products at the event included the luxury selection of eyewear from Presenting Sponsor Essilor of America, Inc., who gifted their luxury sunwear with premium polarized and Crizal UV. Celebrities also really loved the H2V Skin Care Regime from Burke Williams Day Spa and imPRESS by Broadway Nails, who gifted their imPRESS Press-On Manicure by Broadway Nails the revolutionary way to apply polish. Kate Flannery, who was already familiar with the product, was overheard raving about impress, saying “Great product! I love no glue!”
Other great gifts and celebrity must-haves at the event included: handmade reindeer leather jewelry from the Arctic Circle in Sweden from SwedArt; handcrafted gifts from The Artisan Group; custom-made luxury swimsuits from BeachCandy Swimwear by BritB which were modeled by the lovely Claire Donald and Diana E; limited edition sneakers from Mr. and Mrs. 8; gifts from Uniquely Designed Jewelry; luxury timepieces fromÉgard; custom-made and ready to wear collections for dogs by Couture by Sophie; luxury silk-filled bedding for dogs from Smartsilk; the RevitaLash family of conditioning and color cosmetics; Ajinomoto North America, Inc. providing Glysom®, a scientifically-proven dietary supplement for deeper, sounder and more satisfying sleep; 100% Vegan Feminine wipes from Pink Wipes; signature tweezers and grooming products from Tweezerman; Bee Venom Mask products from Organic Skincare U.S.; Sexual by Michel Germain a luxury fragrance line; José Eber Hair gifting the revolutionary José Eber Infrared Blow Dryer; and RON DONOVAN, a New York based builder of Italian-made luxury footwear and accessories, gifted certificates for a pair of footwear and/or a gift certificate towards their first purchase.
Other unique gifts and trendy finds included: European toy brands and baby products from Beanpatch & Co.; officially-licensed 007 R/C vehicles from the James Bond films by Toy State; Freedom Quit Smoking System; andtrips to Miami and Turks & Caicos by Caribbean Living Magazine.
Refreshments and gourmet gifts were provided by Newman’s Own Wines, Prima Dolce Company Bella’s Berries Compotes, maker of fine whole fruit compotes, sweet treats and confections; Sabra Dipping Company, providing a variety of flavors of Sabra Hummus, as well as Guacamole, Salsa and Veggie Dips; Vita Organic Foods raw, organic chocolate bars and performance style Warrior Bars; The Real Juice, providing a raw, holistic, cold-pressed juice cleanse; Raw Crunch Bar raw, organic, handmade, uncooked, unprocessed energy bars; Big Bertha’s Black Market Biscotti - home made biscotti by Big Bertha with all organic ingredients – no butter, very little sugar, delectable!; and gift certificates for a custom 8 inch cake as well as delicious treats from Bread Basket Cake Company.
GBK blends gift-giving and charitable awareness, YES! Beat Liver Tumors, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing information, resources, support and HOPE to those who are affected by cancer of the liver, was featured at the lounge gifting silver key chains, Brighton brand “heart and hope” purse charms, and invaluable information on the services, programs, and HOPE that YES! Beat Liver Tumors offers to those who are suffering from advanced cancer.
For more information on the event’s charitable organizations:Lambda Legal Lambda Legal integral part of the continuing struggle for civil rights in America. For more information, please visit www.lambdalegal.org City of Hope City of Hope is transforming the future of health. visit www.cityofhope.org/citizen